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Tourist Places To Visit In Nagarkot
A beautiful village buried in the lap of the majestic mountains of Nepal, Nagarkot is a small town located at an elevation of 2100 m in the Bhaktapur district. It makes for a perfect getaway for people looking to immerse themselves in an idyllic setting that amalgamates nature’s glory with the surrounding snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.
Over the years, as tourism in the vicinity has continued to rise, a number of hotels and resorts have opened up in the most remarkable locations in the area that guarantee brilliant views of the hills and landscapes from all directions. Here, we have compiled a list of some of the best places to visit in Nagarkot that are bound to leave an imprint in your mind.
Nagarkot Lookout Tower
The village of Nagarkot is all about its stunning panoramas, and one of the best ways to admire its beauty is from the top of the Lookout Tower, which provides a 360ᴼ view of the Himalayas.
The best time to enjoy the landscapes is during sunrise and sunset. The tower that is located at a height of over 2100 m requires an hour-long hike from the village to the top of ridge. For people not looking to indulge in a tedious walk, cabs can be arranged from hotels and travel agencies.
Buddha Peace Garden
The Buddha Peace Garden is located atop a hill with stone steps leading up to it, with a large gold Buddha in the centre and spectacular views of the valley and forests around it. The walk from Nagarkot to the garden involves a walk of about 45 minutes, following a trail that will take you through native villages where you can enjoy a stopover to mingle with the locals and enjoy even more brilliant views of the countryside.
One of the highlights of the garden is that you can choose to plant your very own tree in the park, whether for yourself or in memory of a loved one. Once you have planted it, it becomes the responsibility of the park management to take care of the plant and nurture its growth.
Changu Narayan Temple
This Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is assumed to be one of the oldest temples in Nepal. It is located a little farther from Nagarkot village within the Bhaktapur district, on top of a hill also known as Changu. The temple can be reached after a hike of around three hours from Nagarkot. The temple is surrounded by settlements of the native Newars within and around the area, and with the rise in tourism has witnessed the opening of hotels, shops and restaurants in the region. The outside of the temple features sculptures and other small temples dedicated to various deities.
Within the vicinity of the Changu Narayan Temple lies the Changu Museum, a privately owned establishment that houses and preserves peculiar relics from ancient Nepal; like a 500 year old dishwashing rack, and a shield made entirely from rhino skin. Some of the artefacts have momentous significance like the world’s smallest coin, and leather coins that amount to one-eighth of a paisa.